Monday, July 2, 2018

Review: The Life She Wants by: Robyn Carr

Title: The Life She Wants
Author: Robyn Carr
Publisher: Mira Books
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library


#1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr creates an emotional and uplifting ensemble of characters in this rags-to-riches-to-rags novel about women, friendship and the complex path to happiness.

In the aftermath of her financier husband's suicide, Emma Shay Compton's dream life is shattered. Richard Compton stole his clients' life savings to fund a lavish life in New York City and, although she was never involved in the business, Emma bears the burden of her husband's crimes. She is left with nothing. 

Only one friend stands by her, a friend she's known since high school, who encourages her to come home to Sonoma County. But starting over isn't easy, and Sonoma is full of unhappy memories, too. And people she'd rather not face, especially Riley Kerrigan. 

Riley and Emma were like sisters—until Riley betrayed Emma, ending their friendship. Emma left town, planning to never look back. Now, trying to stand on her own two feet, Emma can't escape her husband's reputation and is forced to turn to the last person she thought she'd ever ask for help—her former best friend. It's an uneasy reunion as both women face the mistakes they've made over the years. Only if they find a way to forgive each other—and themselves—can each of them find the life she wants.

My Thoughts: 

When we meet Emma Shay Compton she has lost everything because of her husband a man she begins to wonder if she ever knew.  Richard Compton has committed serious crimes against clients.  A ponzi scheme that is coming back to haunt him.  After Richard committs suicide by gun Emma packs up what little she owns and heads home to start over.  Unfortuntaly going home also includes dealing with two bad break ups.  One with Emma's ex-boyfriend Jock.  Then there is Riley Emma's best friend who cheated on her friend with Emma's boyfriend.  Will the three ever repair what they had.

Of course not everyone believes Emma knows nothing about Richard and where the money is.  Even though as far as Emma is concerned everything has been returned.  Emma finds herself trying to find her way with little support!

I really love Robyn Carr's stand alone novels they pull you in and won't let go until the story is told.  This one pulled you in wanting to see how the characters will over come there issues.  There is a realness to Robyn's books that make the characters realer and more believable with their problems.  She has a golden touch with the stories.  I can't wait to see what is next!

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